Operations and tasks

Kuopio University Hospital caters for the specialist medical care of the 248,000 citizens in its area. It also caters for the nearly one million inhabitants in Eastern and Central Finland that require specialist medical care for especially demanding cases.

As one of Finland's five university hospitals, Kuopio University Hospital provides high-quality care in all medical specialities, conducts internationally-renowned research, and trains the top experts of the future. The hospital is the largest trainer of physicians in Finland, and one of the largest health care industry teaching hospitals in the country.

Quality and efficiency

The operation of the hospital is based on quality and efficiency. In 1999, Kuopio University Hospital was the first hospital of its size in Europe to be awarded a quality certificate according to the SFS ISO 9001:2000 standard.

The most important task of a hospital is to provide the best possible care for its patients. According to opinion surveys, Kuopio University Hospital's patients are highly satisfied with the care they have received.

Tasks

Kuopio University Hospital is located in its namesake city of Kuopio, home to more than 100,000 inhabitants. The Puijo main hospital is located in the vibrant Kuopio Science Park area that also hosts the University of Eastern Finland, Savonia University of Applied Sciences, and numerous companies and research centers. The park has evolved into a tight collaborative innovation area where the worlds of business and science can inspire one another.

The activities of Kuopio University Hospital are co-ordinated by the Kuopio University Hospital District Municipal Federation, which is owned by 20 municipalities in North Savo. The hospital district caters for the specialist medical care of the 248,000 citizens in North Savo and that of close to a million inhabitants in Eastern and Central Finland who require specialist medical care for especially demanding cases.

In addition to the Kuopio University Hospital District, the specialist medical care area of Kuopio University Hospital also covers the North Karelia Central Hospital and Honkalampi Centre and the hospital districts of Central Finland, South Savo and East Savo. Furthermore, the diagnostics and surgical operations of severe epilepsy has been centralised nationally at Kuopio University Hospital.

Along with specialist medical care, the Kuopio University Hospital District provides primary health care and institutional care services for the elderly for eight municipalities, or Kysteri areas, in North Savo. The hospital district is also in charge of emergency medical services for the North Savo area.

In Numbers

  • 4,700 employees
  • 92,000 treated patients per year
  • 450,000 outpatients per year
  • 2,400 births per year
  • 20,000 operations per year

Municipalities in North Savo